BTW - Week of January 16, 2019

16 Jan

96 Hours in Albuquerque: A Suggested Itinerary for Wi14

It’s a thrill for ABA that booksellers from around the country — and world — will gather in the enchanting city of Albuquerque next week for days of learning; camaraderie and new connections; and, we hope, immersion in the surrounding landscape. May this suggested Winter Institute itinerary from ABA Membership and Marketing Officer Meg Smith help you find your way.

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14 Jan
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A Checklist for Winter Institute First-Timers

With Winter Institute just around the corner, now is the time to review this helpful checklist of reminders and tips for how to best navigate the event, whether this is your first year or 14th.

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16 Jan

ABA Staff Heads to Winter Institute

The next edition of Bookselling This Week will arrive in your inbox late on Friday, January 25, with reports and plenty of photos from Winter Institute 14 in Albuquerque.

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15 Jan

Wi14 Small Business Management Seminar: Staff Management and Human Resources

Dr. Robert DelCampo will discuss the challenges of recruitment and retention as well as creating a workforce that represents multiple generations of employees.

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16 Jan

Wi14 Small Business Management Seminar: Design for Strategic In-Store Merchandising

Paula Taylor will lead an intensive, three-hour deep-dive into key strategies and real-life applications of traditional and non-traditional visual merchandising techniques.

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15 Jan

Join Ingram by the Fireside at Winter Institute

Ingram’s “Indies by the Fireside” offers all Winter Institute attendees an opportunity to relax and chat by the fire with independent booksellers and publishers from around the country and the globe. 

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14 Jan

Winter Institute Keynotes, Education Sessions to be Available on BookWeb

Booksellers can watch live-streamed videos of keynote presenters Reshma Saujani, Hanif Abdurraqib, and Margaret Atwood with Erin Morgenstern. In addition, dozens of education sessions will be posted on BookWeb following Wi14.

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14 Jan

Last Reminder: Pack Your Winter Institute Suitcase With Spanish-Language Titles for Refugees

Booksellers, authors, and publishers who are attending Winter Institute in Albuquerque are asked to donate Spanish-language books for refugees waiting at the southern U.S. border.

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16 Jan

Winter Institute 14 Bookseller Attendee List Available on BookWeb

Booksellers, publishers, and guests who will be attending Winter Institute 14 can access the roster of bookseller registrants on BookWeb.

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16 Jan
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Independent Bookstores Pilot the New “Open Discussion Project”

The Open Discussion Project, which launched this month, aims to promote civil conversation among left- and right-leaning individuals through book clubs held at independent bookstores across the U.S.

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15 Jan

99 ABA Member Stores Open in 2018; 28 Sold to New Owners

The new stores include a mystery bookstore, a diverse children’s bookstore, a community-run book cooperative, and 14 branches of existing businesses.

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16 Jan
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Independent Bookstore Day Ordering Opens

Booksellers have until February 1 to place their orders for limited-edition merchandise, including signed editions from Chuck Palahniuk and Andrea Beaty, an exclusive vinyl from Charles Bukowski, and more.

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15 Jan

Binc Launches Revised 2019 Higher Education Scholarship Program

Seven $3,500 scholarships will go to the dependents of booksellers, and one award of $5,000 will go to an independent bookseller who has overcome learning adversity or is a non-traditional student.

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16 Jan

Bookselling Without Borders Opens Applications, Adds New Destinations

The program connects U.S. booksellers to the international book community through all-expenses-paid trips to the world’s premier book fairs.

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16 Jan

Preregistration for Find Waldo Local’s Eighth Year Begins January 23

Candlewick will once again provide 250 host bookstores with a toolkit containing everything needed to launch a Find Waldo Local event in their communities.

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14 Jan

Above the Treeline Introduces the Shelf Report to Subscribers of Edelweiss+Analytics

The new report will strengthen the company’s mission to help book professionals “work better, read more” by making inventory and sales analysis more intuitive and actionable for independent booksellers.

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15 Jan

Ingram Entertainment Buys Baker & Taylor Entertainment Assets

“While this marks a meaningful change to Baker & Taylor’s retail entertainment customer operations, it has no impact on our bookselling operations,” B&T wrote in an e-mail to booksellers.

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16 Jan

BTW News Briefs

Axios posts video touting indie bookstore success; Chooseco sues Netflix; Europa Editions launches Europa Compass; Sourcebooks launches three new children’s imprints; Atria launches Signal Press; Chicago Review Press acquires Council Oak Books; PRH Publisher Services to distribute Crooked Lane Books; Maya Mavjee to join Macmillan; Timothy Paulson joins HarperCollins Christian; Personnel changes at HarperCollins, Random House, William Morrow; PEN America Literary Gala announces host, special award winners; National Jewish Book Award, Pacific Northwest Book Award winners announced; Story Prize finalists announced

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16 Jan
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ABA Asks New York City Council to Include Indie Businesses in Upcoming Amazon HQ2 Hearing

ABA’s letter expresses disappointment that the city’s independent retailers have been excluded from an upcoming Finance Committee hearing on New York’s deal with Amazon.

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16 Jan
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Sign Up for Two Upcoming ABA Marketing Meetups

The January 17 discussion will look at marketing your bookstore in a tourist town; the January 31 topic is marketing through Instagram.

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15 Jan
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A Q&A With Stephanie Land, Author of February’s Indie Next List Pick

Emilie Sommer of East City Bookshop calls Stephanie Land’s Maid “a must-read of the highest order.”

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14 Jan

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Madhuri Vijay

“If I read a better novel in 2019, then 2019 will become my favorite year of the 21st century,” said Scuppernong Books owner Brian Lampkin of Vijay’s The Far Field.

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16 Jan

A Letter to Libro.fm: “Thank You for This Wonderful Gift”

At the end of 2018, Libro.fm received an e-mail from a man named Howard about how Libro.fm and partner store RJ Julia had impacted his aunt.

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16 Jan

The Indie Comics & Graphic Works Bestseller List

The American Booksellers Association’s specialty bestseller lists provide a current snapshot of what’s selling in indie bookstores nationwide.

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16 Jan
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Around Indies

Old Town Open Book, The Lit. Bar, Silver Unicorn pop-up to open; Women and Children First celebrates 40th anniversary; Belmont Books, Politics & Prose, For Keeps, The Fountain Bookstore, Powell’s, Jake’s Place, Greenlight featured in local news; Blue Willow Bookshop named Best of Houston; From My Shelf Books & Gifts co-owner’s picture books featured in library collection

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